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How does hydraulic fracturing affect the surface or landscape of an area?

An area undergoing production of oil or gas using hydraulic fracturing technology shares a number of features with any other area where conventional oil or gas is developed such as roads, pipelines, compressor stations, and processing facilities.

Features unique to areas in which hydraulic fracturing is used are generally fewer but larger drilling pads, both to accommodate the equipment needed to conduct the hydraulic fracturing and to house multiple wells on each drilling pad, as well as impoundments used for storage of large amounts of water needed for hydraulic fracturing.


Learn more:

USGS Energy Resources Program main hydraulic fracturing page.

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